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LovieThe Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship$
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Lisa Yarger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.001.0001

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(p.291) Epilogue

Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

The narrator reflects on her initial attraction to Lovie and her desire to fix Lovie in time, as an unchanging character. The narrator also contemplates the role Lovie played at a particularly challenging period of the narrator’s life. The epilogue chronicles the contact between Lovie and the narrator after the latter’s move to Munich up until Lovie’s death in 2013. The narrator explores the advantages and disadvantages of the book having taken so long to complete, with a particular focus on Lovie’s tendency to perform her role as midwife and Yarger’s frequent inability to recognize the significance of Lovie’s performances. The epilogue also explores possible conflicts between Lovie and the narrator’s agendas and discusses Michael Frisch’s concept of a shared authority. The epilogue also provides more context for Lovie and Yarger’s earlier disagreement about biracial babies; the narrator concludes that she is not the non-racist white person she thought herself previously, that she, too, carries racist patterns. She concludes that she and Lovie are both good white women who have clean-up work to do when it comes to racism.

Keywords:   Munich, Shanna, Eli Mitchell, Michael Frisch, racism

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